Pale-headed brush finch

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Pale-headed brush finch
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Genus: Atlapetes
Species: A. pallidiceps
Binomial name
Atlapetes pallidiceps
(Sharpe, 1900)

The pale-headed brush finch (Atlapetes pallidiceps) is a species of bird in the Emberizidae family. It is endemic to arid areas with low scrub at altitudes of 1,650–1,800 m (5,410–5,910 ft) in south-central Ecuador.

It is threatened by habitat loss and the nest-parasitic shiny cowbird. Most of its tiny known range, estimated at only 1 km2 by BirdLife International, is within the Yunguilla reserve, which, following the rediscovery of this species in 1998, was set up by the Jocotoco Foundation. Following intensive management, including the removal of cowbirds, the population of the pale-headed brush finch is currently increasing. Further increase, however, may be limited by a lack of suitable habitat.


  • Oppel, S., Schaefer, H., Schmidt, V., and Schröderm B. (2004). Cowbird parasitism of Pale-headed Brush Finch Atlapetes pallidiceps: implications for conservation and management. Bird Conservation International 14: 63-75.
  • Agreda, A., Krabbe, N. & Rodríguez, O. (1999). Pale-headed Brush Finch Atlapetes pallidiceps is not extinct. Cotinga 11: 50–54.

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